Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015
I’ve read quite a few truly great books so far this year so this is actually harder than anticipated trying to narrow my list down to ten – I feel like I say that a lot though… 😉
1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I really enjoyed this book, it was my first Holly Black book and it has made me pretty excited to read the rest of her output. The story was very original and at times very creepy. The main characters were really interesting and I was a fan of the love story (both of them but I’m not going to give anything away here).
2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book was beyond awesome! I had great hopes for this one and I was overjoyed that it not only met but exceeded my high expectations. I love fairy tale retellings as a general rule but A Thousand and One Nights was a story I was only passingly familiar with. I have read a lot of retellings of the more popular tales (such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella) so it was great to read something a bit different.
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I had heard a lot of great things about this book and was really happy that it lived up to the hype. The politics of this world were fascinating and although I wasn’t totally won over by the love story there was enough other stuff going on that it really kept my interest. After a somewhat slow start, the second half rattled past and was absolutely incredible. I am looking forward to reading the second book.
4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This was the cutest book ever! I absolutely adored Simon (the main character) and all of his friends and family. The love story was super-sweet without being overly saccharine, and it was just such a feel-good read. I read it at a time when I really needed cheering up and it definitely put a big smile on my face.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Another awesome fairy tale retelling. This was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and it was so utterly incredible! I actually cannot believe I haven’t read anything by Sarah J. Maas prior to reading this. I am certainly a fan after reading ACOTAR. It totally gripped me from beginning to end.
6. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Rachel Vincent is one o my favourite authors. Although I didn’t enjoy The Stars Never Rise as much as her Soul Screamers series, it was still an awesome read and a very promising start to the series. The Soul Screamers series got better with every book and I am betting this series will be the same. There was a lot of setup in this one but the story was very original and I am really intrigued by the post-apocalyptic setting.
7. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book was absolutely stunning! I loved everything about it. It had a really amazing story, blended from several folklore and fairy tales, yet it also had a really unique premise at the same time. The main character was awesome and I adored the love interest but also loved the fact that the love story was only a small part of the tale – it did not overshadow the main themes of the book at all. Plus, at the heart was a really great friendship that really warmed my heart even when parts of the story were so deliciously creepy. Possibly my favourite read of the year so far.
8. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I really adored this book and totally shipped the main characters Skylar and Josh. They were both so damaged and hurt but they definitely made each other stronger. I am not always a fan of these types of books but this one really worked for me.
9. Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin
This was such a quirky read. I really like Nikki Godwin’s writing and I was pleased that this book managed to live up to Falling From the Sky which was one of my favourite reads from last year. This was a very different sort of book and I really enjoyed reading it.
10. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
I really liked this book even though it was pretty darn heartbreaking. It wasn’t an easy read and as the main character’s struggle with depression was chronicled, it really hit home for me. I didn’t love all aspects of the plot (the love story wasn’t exactly what I hoped it would be) but I still thought this was a very powerful read.